About \\ Historic Houses
Tune into the PEM Walks audio postcard below to listen to a tour of the Gardner-Pingree House:
A 2015 event in the house. Photo by John Andrews.
But the house has a dark side too. Leading Salem merchant Joseph White, a later owner of the house, was murdered in his bed chamber, by the Crowninshield brothers, over his inheritance. In this real “trial of the century,” attorney and congressman Daniel Webster was brought in to prosecute. Webster’s summation of the murder is widely agreed to have been the inspiration of Edgar Allen Poe’s A Tell-Tale Heart.